Pat Riley: Heat should stay together, if they've got the guts

6/20/14 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

May 5, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (center) holds his fourth MVP trohpy next to head coach Erik Spoelstra (left) and Heat president Pat Riley (right) at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY SportsThe questions are still swirling about whether or not the Miami Heat will stay together, or if they'll blow it up and start fresh elsewhere with new superstar teammates.

Heat president Pat Riley makes no secret about how he feels about it
"You've got to stay together, if you've got the guts. You don't find the first door and run out of it if you have an opportunity. This is four years now into this era, this team. Four finals - it's only been done three other times before - and two championships. From day one to the end, it was like a Broadway show. It sort of ran out of steam. And we need to retool. We don't need to rebuild."

Riley cuts right to the players' core, questioning their 'guts' if they decide to leave. In reality, it's a lot more complicated than that.

This isn't about guts, it's about whether each of the Heat's 'Big 3,' all of whom can opt out and enter free agency if they choose to, really want to stay and think they can win as a leading trio.

The Spurs handled the Heat pretty easily in the Finals this year, after the Heat had already beaten them in the Finals the year before.

It's not like the Heat are hopeless. If they didn't change a thing, they'd still be favorites to win the East and they'd have a solid chance to win the championship.

But is this really what they want to do? The mental pressure clearly got to the Heat at various points throughout the season, and it's possible that they're tired of the pressure that comes along with being the prohibitive favorite.

Pat Riley is catering to these players on a very basic level, almost like they're elementary school students and he's calling them 'chicken' if they leave. Hopefully for their own sake, they can see past that and do what's honestly best for them as individuals. It might be best for them to stay in Miami, and hope that Riley manages to piece together enough quality vets and young guns around them to make it work.

Or maybe it's just time to get out of dodge.
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6/21/14   |   j1791m   |   1 respect

the big 3 aren't going anywhere. u don't get up and ditch success like that because it's not always peachy. Pat Riley's alluding to something similar to what MJ said, if you quit ONCE it becomes a habit